Origin: Trentino Alto Adige (Italy)
Type: Italian Malt Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Scotch
Added coloring: No
Owner: Puni (Ebensperger family)
Average price: € 70.00
Official website: www.puni.com
The absence of major live events such as the Milano Whisky Festival (which I remind you is being held online these days) has not prevented many distilleries from launching their new bottlings anyway, which in the pre-Christmas period find the best time to reach out to the many enthusiasts.
Puni, a very Italian distillery, was no exception, launching a new special edition of its whisky on 16 November, alongside last year’s (excellent) Aura.
Almost seven years of ageing, divided between ex-Bourbon casks and casks which contained Scotch from Islay, so on paper very similar to its predecessor.
Limited edition of 3,900 bottles, at a more than reasonable price (aimed at those who say Puni is priced out of the market).
Light gold in the glass.
Medicinal and saline aromas on the nose, delicately pungent, grafted onto scents of apple, pineapple, lemon cream, almonds, elderflower. Turf in the background. A fresh and tasty profile, the Islay casks give depth without overloading.
Chilli peppers and memories of the ocean enter the palate, the peat here becomes a light puff of smoke that caresses the aromas, becoming more persistent in the aftertaste, while dried fruit (pine nuts, almonds) and ripe fruit (peach, pineapple, apple) mingle in a creamy brisée cake with grated lemon peel and a drop of aniseed.
Long, savoury finish of dried fruit, lemon, ash.
A young but well-balanced whisky, the insertion of peated casks refines and thickens the aromas offering three-dimensionality to a delicately sweet and fresh, very drinkable whole.
The whiskies produced by Puni grow in quality from year to year, and who knows where they will go!